Sep 25, 2007

DESIGN STYLE: ARE YOU WELL LIT?


Indoor lanterns are all the rage as we search for a special fixture for that unique place in our homes. Don't go for the norm, try a different style light for your dining area and wait for the rave reviews from your family and friends. This fixture is courtesy of Currey & Co., a maker of handmade lighting fixtures for the trade.

Lantern: Bellamy

Finish: Bark Brown with Seeded Glass
Size: 15" square x 24" high

DESIGN TREND: SHEER DELIGHT




IN (spirations) ! The newest trend shown here by Fabricut Fabrics is to have double sheers. The front fabric is a sheer with images of trees and the back fabric is a sheer with images of leaves. This bathes the window in softness and adds a bit of mystery. Touche!


Front fabric: Arziki in Bronze
Back fabric: Opalite in Ivory

Sep 16, 2007

DESIGN TREND: GO TO THE HEAD OF THE BED


Upholstered headboards are a great design trend that makes redecorating a bedroom affordable. Usually an upholstered headboard is a less expensive alternative than a solid wood bed and also adds texture and color. Their are vast choices of fabrics and trim that can be used to enhance the headboard while also adding warmth to the overall feel of the room. Pictured are two examples of styles that can be used and your upholsterer should be able to show you other ones available. Headboards courtesy of Robert Allen Design.

Photo by the Designer

Sep 13, 2007

DESIGNING YOUR WINDOWS

One of the most wonderful companies for drapery rods and accessories is Resin Solutions. All of the products are custom made with over 60 color choices. They will also match your own wall or trim color to the selected items. The rods are all wood and the finials are resin. Your order will arrive in 4 to 6 weeks but they also have a quick ship program on certain styles. But one of the best things about this company is all of their products are handmade in the USA. The pricing is very competitive with other companies and is represented by Dogwood Fabrics. The photo is just a small sampling of the products available. Contact Dogwood Fabrics for the new catalog. (To the Trade)

Info by Dogwood representative, Laura Monk

Info on Laura: She is also the lead singer of a great group,
High Cotton! www.highcottonatl.com
Their new CD "Pictures" has just been released!

Photo by the Designer, courtesy of Dogwood Fabrics


Sep 12, 2007

DESIGN TREND: FABRIC REPORT

This beautiful chair is covered in a brand new fabric from Vervain. The upholstery is a scrumptious velvet from Italy with a raised pattern. Eventhough the fabric is luxurious, it still passed the rub test of 36,000 double rubs. That's durable! The pattern is called Longevity and is exclusive to Vervain. The color shown is Truffle but the fabric comes in three more colors: Coconut, Honeysuckle and Nile. Check with your Vervain or Fabricut showroom. (To the Trade)

Info by: Fabricut representative, Melissa Remy

Photo by the Designer

Sep 10, 2007

DESIGN IDEA: CREATING A FOCAL POINT

Black is back! Beautiful black furniture and built-ins are showing up in all the new homes. Decorating with a dark piece of furniture can sometimes be quite a dilemma. Many accessories are also dark and therefore will only work with lighter furniture. See the example of the decorated bookcase using mainly gold and red accessories. These colors coincide with the other furniture and accessories in this room and helps to show the beautiful lines of this built-in bookcase. Black furniture does not work for everyone, but can be a fantastic focal point when used with the right colors.

Design and photos by the Designer

Sep 9, 2007

DESIGN TRENDS: SEEING RED!!




The term "red" encompasses a large spectrum of colors and shades. Red not only adds a punch of color to your living space, but also can add warmth and interest. We show a few samples of red lamps that would add interest and beauty to many different color schemes. Also we have listed beautiful reds from different paint companies that can accentuate any room or project. Remember to always properly prime and to check with the manufacturer on the right paint for the job.


RED PAINT!

Pratt and Lambert - Vibrant Red, Regimental, Our Classic

Sherwin Williams - Red Tomato, Antique Red, Cochineal

Benjamin Moore - Spanish Red, Moroccan Red, Million Dollar Red

Farrow & Ball - Blazer, Rectory Red, Radicchio



Lamps courtesy of: Chelsea House Inc. (To The Trade)

Photos by The Designer

Sep 4, 2007

DESIGN TRENDS: KITCHEN STANDARDS!

TRENDS: Great range hoods > Furniture-like cabinets > Hanging lanterns > Large cooktops and ranges > Distressed or honed limestone countertops > Mixing cabinet colors & styles > Built-in coffeemakers > Glass tile accents > Beamed ceilings > Large doorways > Display areas > Clean and uncluttered spaces > Great views to the outdoors > Multifunctional spaces > Stone floors > Hidden appliances > Wainscoting > Distressed cabinetry >

DESIGN IDEA: ROOM WITH A VIEW!

Outdoor living is all the rage as homeowners strive to update their outdoor spaces into living rooms with a view. Patios and covered porches are here to stay as we bring our indoor decorating ideas to the outside. Our example shown is a covered porch of a new home with a beautiful stone fireplace. The room is completed with a cedar ceiling and cedar siding walls. But the best part of all is the open air view to the landscape beyond.

Courtesy of John Bynum Custom Homes

Photo by The Designer